American Hunter‘s Kyle Wintersteen says hunting is not only enjoyable but safe. He cites the most recent research from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which shows that hunting with a firearm is safer than playing tennis, golf, or even jogging. But, as Wintersteen notes, complacent hunters can put fellow hunters in danger. As with driving, hunters must be extra careful and hunt defensively to ensure their safety. Here, Wintersteen outlines six tips for dove hunting safety.
See and be seen. Remember to keep watching for hunters as you head into the field and after you’re set up. And help them see you: Even if an orange hat isn’t required by law, it’s always a good idea, especially when you’re walking in or retrieving a dove. If you keep track of hunters—and they’re able to keep track of you—you prevent any ill-advised shots.
Setting up at a safe distance (use common sense) is also simple courtesy, as nobody wants a hunter sitting right next to them. And if hunters spread out across the field, you’ll keep the doves moving and better ensure a few shots for all.
Photos: Arizona Game and Fish Department (top); American Hunter (above)